Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Alex a hurricane

For the first time since 1995, the Atlantic basin has a June hurricane.

Tropical Storm Alex became Hurricane Alex as of the National Weather Service's 11 p.m. update, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

Alex is forecast to stay south of Texas and make landfall somewhere along the coast of Mexico early Wednesday night. Hurricane-force winds extend 15 miles from the center of circulation, while tropical storm-force winds extend 175 miles from the center.

Alex is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 6-12 inches over portions of northeastern Mexico and southern Texas. Isolated areas could see 20 inches, the weather service said. A storm surge of 3-5 feet is expected, too.

The last June hurricane in the Atlantic basin was Allison, which made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on June 6, 1995, as a weakening tropical storm.

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